Rick Wakeman on stage at Buxton

RW%20-%20IMAGE%20-%20RICK%20WITH%20MICFormer Yes keyboard player, Watchdog presenter, renowned Grumpy Old Man, and Fellow of the Royal College of Music and Professor of the London College of Music, Rick Wakeman has led a rich and varied life.

In his one-man solo show coming to Buxton Opera House, on January 25, Rick recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a career that has included musical collaborations with David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Elton John, as well as worldwide tours with Yes and his own band The English Rock Ensemble.

Classically trained pianist, Rick was a much-sought-after session musician in the late 60s and early 70s when he played on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists which included such diverse talents as Cilla Black, John Williams, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath.

In the early 70s, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs, then Yes and subsequently with his solo releases.  During his career Rick has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. Audiences at ‘Evenings with Rick’ are treated to his immense musical talent, with his witty banter punctuated by displays of dazzling virtuosity on the piano.

Rick is as much of a familiar face (albeit an older one) now, as he was in the Yes years, with the funny man regularly making TV appearances (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The News Quiz, Just A Minute). He boasts taking part in every single episode in the Grumpy Old Men series, as well as making just fewer than 100 appearances on Countdown, not to mention presenting on Watchdog.

Rick’s show is supported by The Cadbury Sisters, who sing captivating songs in perfect three part harmony.

Tickets for his show at 7.30pm are priced at £23, £26 and £29. To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or book online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk